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32-year-old orthopaedic surgeon from London was captured in November last year in the ancient city of Aleppo

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While some of the grandeur has crumbled with Egypt's fortunes, the main arteries are infused with commerce and humanity

Fragile ceasefire holds in Syria

Tens of thousands of Syrians poured into the nation's streets today for anti-government protests, activists said, in the first major test of a fragile UN-brokered truce.

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Radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza has lost his fight over extradition to the United States.

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A teenager has been jailed for five years after admitting stabbing his stepfather to death in a row over a television.

An Afghan villager shows an empty canister allegedly used during Sunday's shootings to the delegation

Taliban attack Karzai delegation at scene of US shooting massacre

Afghan officials come under fire as they distribute money to families of the bereaved

Syrian troops clash with defectors

Syrian troops have shelled a southern village and clashed with army defectors holed up inside in violence that killed a 15-year-old boy and five government soldiers, activists said.

Workers bulldoze the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed

Bin Laden's last refuge is razed in the dead of night

Pakistan brings in the bulldozers to destroy any chance of the spot where the al-Qa'ida leader died becoming a shrine

Snookered, Oldham Coliseum

Wow! This is the most accomplished and assured first play I have seen for years. It is all the more extraordinary for being written by an Asian taxi driver from Middlesbrough who was driving his cab one night listening to Five Live when it announced a writing competition. Next day he sat down at his new computer.

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From the ancient medina to the Palmeraie, Morocco's Rose City offers a warm escape from the cold of winter.

Guilty plea in Obama death plot

A man from Uzbekistan who pleaded guilty to plotting to kill US president Barack Obama with an automatic rifle claimed he was acting at the direction of an Islamic terror group in his home country.

Three Derby men jailed for anti-gay leaflets

Three men became the first in Britain to be jailed under new anti-hate laws yesterday after being found guilty of distributing a leaflet calling for the execution of homosexuals.

Abu Hamza, pictured addressing his followers outside Finsbury Park mosque in north London

Christina Patterson: Even bad people have rights

He doesn't have a hook. He does have a big bushy beard, and eyes that don't look all that friendly, but Omar Mahmoud Othman, who's also known as Abu Qatada, doesn't have a hook. It's Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, who's also known as Abu Hamza, who has a hook instead of a hand.

Amol Rajan: Mayor has had a starring role in re-shaping our city

On Tuesday I said that if he is going to be re-elected as Mayor of London on 3 May, Boris Johnson cannot afford for 68 per cent of voters in the inner boroughs to support Ken Livingstone. He needs to court those people vigorously, and explain that he has delivered a better city for them. How should he do that?

Emir leads prayers for Kano killings

The Emir of Kano and the state's governor offered prayers yesterday for the more than 150 people killed in co-ordinated attacks by the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram, though fear kept many Nigerians from coming to the mosque.

Bomb kills 13 in Pakistan

A bomb blast ripped through a religious procession in eastern Pakistan today, killing 13 people and wounding at least 20, police said.

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